Day #1 in The Bag

Picking good conditions for a first day of a long trip is a great thing to do if you can pull it off. We made it happen this time.

October 13, 2021
Portsmouth, RI to Stonington, CT
Day #1

Our departure dates are always a moving target. We set a goal date, but stuff always happens to cause us to shift earlier or later. This time, a howling storm off the coast caused us to pause for a day or three to let things quiet down before we cast off.

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Under Way Again. Almost.

It has been a long time — far too long — since we really went cruising. We’re about to cast off the lines again.

October 10, 2021
Portsmouth, RI

We are sitting aboard the Esmeralde in our slip at New England Boat Works in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. It is early evening, very dark, and raining. Our two new puppies, now five months old, are beginning to learn boat routine. They have adapted wonderfully. We are optimistic.

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Another Covid-19 Cruise – 4th of July in Provincetown

We spent weeks trying to decide how we would spend the 4th of July holiday. Every option we contemplated was shaken up by Covid-19. Ultimately we ended up heading to Provincetown, a stop we always enjoy.

June 30 – July 6, 2020
Portsmouth, RI – Padanaram, MA – Provincetown, MA – Cuttyhunk, MA
Days 15 – 21 aboard this summer season

We definitely wanted to be off on the boat for 4th of July. Our little home town is delightful, but on the 4th it gets much too crowded for our tastes. COVID-19 made planning difficult. Some facilities still were not open, some towns were very restrictive, dining out was complicated almost everywhere. Our choices were some combination of Block Island, Mystic, Stonington, Montauk, or east to Buzzards Bay and Provincetown. Ultimately, for a variety of reasons, we chose Provincetown, which we always enjoy.

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Covid Cruise – Testing the Waters in Early Spring 2020

In this totally weird world, we decided we needed to get back out and “test the waters”. What is cruising life like during the COVID pandemic?

June 8 – 15, 2020
Portsmouth, RI – Cuttyhunk, MA – Nantucket, MA
Days 6 – 13 on board (since we returned from our winter ICW trip on April 5)
Preview: COVID Shuts us down – Quarantine and Release

Just to catch up a little bit… (I plan to fill in the website later with our COVID trip home from Forida, but for now, here’s what spring at home has delivered)

We arrived home to our slip in Portsmouth, RI on April 5 after a marathon sprint from Florida up the coast to try to stay ahead of the rapidly developing COVID shutdowns and restrictions. It was a very strange end to a very strange trip. After living aboard for more than six months, we unloaded the boat within two hours of arriving in our slip and drove home, just 8 miles away. By state mandate, we had to quarantine for 14 days.

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A Remote and Peaceful Thanksgiving

Edisto Beach has been a favorite destination for us ever since we first camped at Edisto Beach State Park in our Airstream. It was a perfect spot for a quiet, lovely Thanksgiving.

November 26 – 28, 2020
The Marina at Edisto Island
Days 44 – 46
Charleston to Edisto Beach

After eight fun and productive days in Charleston at the MegaDock, we were ready to go. The boat was well-stocked for our private Thanksgiving feast for four (two humans, two dogs). The weather was gorgeous: a crisp, clear and flat calm fall day. We were ready for a change of scenery.

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